2 Detroit men held in Warren fatal shooting

By Ed Runyan



Two Detroit men are jailed in connection with the Sunday morning shooting death of one man and wounding of another near downtown.

Reginald Baldwin, 21, and Dale Hatch, 25, were booked into the Trumbull County jail Sunday afternoon, charged with felonious assault. Additional charges are possible when court reopens today after Monday’s Veterans Day holiday.

Police took both men into custody soon after the 10:30 a.m. shooting on a side street off Elm Road. Marco Dukes, 32, of Warren was killed; wounded is Larry A. Smith, 29, of Warren.

Dukes, of Swallow Street Southwest, was pronounced dead Sunday in Cleveland MetroHealth Hospital. Smith, of Jackson Street Southwest, remains in a local hospital with at least one gunshot wound to the torso. His condition was not available Monday, but he was conscious Monday morning, police said.

Witnesses described seeing at least one man fleeing from the shooting scene in the direction of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on High Street. The church was having Sunday morning services at the time.

Police said they don’t know if the people involved in the shooting had cars nearby.

The church is several hundred yards north and west of the shooting scene, which is in the rear yard of a former doctor’s office and apartment house at 156 Elm Road NE.

People were home in the apartments at the time of the shooting, but no one inside was injured, said Sgt. Jeff Cole of the Warren Police Department.

Thirty or more gunshots apparently were fired in the lot, which is also across Elm Court from the Cuddle Hugs and Kisses Day Care, 140 Elm Road NE. The day care was closed at the time of the shooting, but the glass window in front was struck with one bullet.

Cole said earlier speculation that as many as 40 gunshots were fired may be incorrect. Police placed about 40 yellow evidence markers on the ground at the shooting scene, but not all were for bullet casings, he said, declining to estimate the number of bullets fired.

The doctor’s office and day care are between East Market and High streets, three blocks east of Courthouse Square.

Jim Graham, who was defeated in the spring of 2011 in the Democratic primary for Warren mayor, said Monday from the parking lot of a nearby coffee shop that the incident hits close to home.

The neighborhood is home to several popular restaurants, other businesses and his church, so it’s a concern to see something so violent in an area that is usually so peaceful, especially on a Sunday morning, he said.

Cole said Monday that police believe the shooting began and ended in the rear yard of 156 Elm Road, despite reports that the incident started near the Elm Road-East Market Street intersection or may have started at a nearby tavern. The shooting apparently had no connection with the day care either, Cole said.

Dukes had an extensive criminal record in Warren, including a six-year prison term in 2006 on weapons charges and another year in prison in April 2011 on a weapons charge. He was charged more than 60 times in Warren Municipal Court on criminal and traffic offenses since 1995.

Smith was sentenced in June 2011 to two years’ probation on a domestic violence charge out of Trumbull County. He has been charged with criminal and traffic offenses about two dozen times in Warren Municipal Court, the most recent being a pending assault charge filed in August.

Hatch told jail officials he was born in Detroit but gave a current address on Youngstown Road in Warren. He was placed on two years’ probation in April 2008 on a receiving stolen property charge in the Detroit area, according to records out of the Third Judicial Circuit Court in Detroit. He also was charged with drug offenses in the same court in 2009, but the charges were dropped.

Baldwin gave Trumbull County jail officials a Detroit address.

Monday afternoon, Cole said possible Detroit influences on Warren crime are “under investigation.”

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